On The Table Read, “the best creativity magazine in the UK“, MPB are collaborating with Screen and Film School to support and showcase students’ short films.
MPB, the world’s largest platform for buying and selling used photo and video kit has been working collaboratively on a project with 2nd-year students from the Screen and Film School, since February 2022.
Screen and Film School
Students across the globe have had their practical learning negatively impacted by the Covid pandemic, with learning being predominantly online over the past couple of years. MPB and SFS sought to change this by commissioning students a project that provides much-needed practical support to their studies, as well as aiding their future employability. Screen and Film School embedded the opportunity into the year two syllabus with students able to ‘opt in’ to the commercial opportunity.
MPB wanted to give the students a real-time client brief, keeping the project as close to professional workflow as possible by following the creative processes of the company.
Support from MPB
The students had to follow a project brief and pitch their ideas to the MPB team, who then shortlisted six of the groups. The shortlisted students attended pre-production meetings with MPB at their head office, where they received client feedback and mentoring before presenting their final projects.
MPB offered the students access to camera kit to help really push their creativity and to try something new. With the students borrowing £7k worth of camera equipment from the camera reseller. MPB also provided coaching throughout the experience, helping the students to understand the strategy in place for the client.
The creative brief, which aligns with MPB’s ‘Change Brand Platform’, has encouraged the students to create work exploring how videography has the power to drive change.
“A picture, a moment can change the way we feel. Change how we see ourselves. Change our understanding and change the rules. Provoke and change history.” — MPB ‘Change’ manifesto.
A joint panel, composed of lecturers from Screen and Film School and staff from MPB, has judged the six shortlisted submissions, selecting one short film as the winner and two to receive highly commended. The winning film ‘A Moment in Time’* will receive a total of £2,250 in MPB vouchers (£250 voucher for each of the nine members of the team) to spend on photo and video kit from MPB which is intended to further enable the students to develop their professional and creative skills.
Nina, Writer and Animator for ‘I Don’t Quite Know’ (highly commended) said: “It’s been good being with professionals in the industry and to get their opinion, as the company doesn’t know who you are. They just know your ideas and that’s what you get judged on with first impressions, and it’s been nice to have that.”
Andy Lorton, content marketing manager at MPB Brighton, said: “I couldn’t be more excited to share our collaboration with Screen and Film School Brighton. Seeing the direction in which the students took our brief and being a part of their creative journey has been a great experience. At MPB, we firmly believe photography and videography has the power to change the world. Opening that up to interpretation by the students has been so much fun. We’re looking forward to helping the students gain some exposure for their work, as well as documenting the whole process of creating these films and sharing them with our audience.”
Matt Barker, founder and CEO of MPB, agreed: “When I started MPB, I did so with the ambition of making photography more accessible and affordable to more people, helping them to fulfil their ambitions. Having partnerships such as this one with Screen and Film School Brighton is one of the ways that we can do this. As our platform is growing, we are proud to have a space where we can shine a light on these young creatives’ work, and prepare them for a bright future.”
Itziar Leighton, principal of Screen and Film School said: “We highly value all our industry connections, for the insight and opportunities they provide to our students. MPB offered our students a unique opportunity to participate in a project which allowed them to participate in a challenging experience which provided creative thinking and business acumen. The level of engagement from MPB in the form of support and mentoring was quite simply outstanding. We were delighted to be part of this project, and with the outcome of the content produced. I would like to pass my thanks to all staff members involved from MPB, and of course congratulations to the winners for their creative endeavours.”
Brighton Film Studios
In September 2021, the Screen and Film School celebrated its 15th anniversary by opening a film studio, Brighton Film Studios, at their Brighton campus.
Watch the MPB manifesto here.
A MOMENT IN TIME
Arthur reminiscences on his first date, this time reliving it on his own. As we flash back to many years ago, we see him and his first and only love building their spark for each other.
Director – Morgan Jones
Producer – Lara Bertin
Written by Brook Devonshire
1st assistant director – Elliot Tharme
2nd assistant Director – Thomas Heasman
Director of photography – Jamie Patience
1st assistant camera op – Ella Riley
Production designer – Kiran Tripconey
Editor – Katie Taylor
Rose – Romanah Walkinshaw
Arthur – Robert Maynard
Old Arthur – Tony Roberts
MPB transforms the way that people buy, sell and trade in photo and video kit. The world’s largest online platform for used photography and videography equipment, MPB is a destination for everyone, whether you have just discovered your passion for visual storytelling or you are already a pro.
Founded by Matt Barker in 2011, MPB has always been committed to making kit more accessible and affordable, and helping to visualise a more sustainable future. MPB recirculates more than 300,000 items of used kit every year, extending the life and creative potential of photo and video equipment for creators around the world.
Headquartered in the creative communities of Brighton, Brooklyn and Berlin, the MPB team includes trained camera experts and seasoned photographers and videographers who bring their passion to work every day to deliver outstanding service. Every piece of kit is inspected carefully by our product specialists and comes with a six-month warranty to give our customers peace of mind that buying used doesn’t mean sacrificing reliability.
MPB recently secured a £49.8 million investment from Vitruvian Partners with support from Acton Capital, joining existing investors Mobeus Equity Partners, Beringea and FJ Labs – the largest ever funding round for a Brighton-based company. For further information visit www.mpb.com.
About Screen and Film School
Rated as a top 10 UK Film School, Screen and Film School Brighton has spent the past 15 years turning passionate filmmakers into industry professionals. Our bespoke combination of practical courses, high-tech facilities, industry placements, Masterclasses, live project briefs and site visits will help you kickstart your career into one of the most exciting and vibrant industries around.
With a heavy emphasis on practical, hands-on study, Screen and Film School prides itself on dedicated industry lecturers and central locations in the heart of one of the most exciting UK filmmaker cities; Brighton, to train the next generation of filmmakers wishing to enter the film, TV and creative media industries. They focus on developing the technical, logistical and creative skills, industry connections and entrepreneurial mindset to excel in one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK – film, television and screen. The school works closely with 100 industry partners to provide industry placements, industry mentors, live project briefs, world-class masterclasses and job opportunities
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